The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, as they say. The German national day celebrations hosted by the country’s embassy on October 3 almost came undone, thanks to stormy weather and torrential downpour that hit New Delhi Capital and adjoining areas that evening. Yet, the Germans were quick to pull their act together, undaunted by the rain that forced 1500 plus guests off the sprawling lawns of German Ambassador Walter J. Lindner into his house. And so the party continued with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, the chief guest, remarking “if anybody can reorganise themselves, it’s the Germans”. Gokhale would know, having served as India’s ambassador to Germany. “Out of the blue thunderstorm put our improvisation skills at max test. Hope everybody had fun still,” Lindner tweeted later. As for the two bands that were slated to perform at the reception—Maharaj trio from Varanasi and Revisit Funk from Delhi—Lindner has promised they would perform at another occasion in the embassy.